Julian Barnes' Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel is based on Arthur Conan Doyle's extraordinary real-life fight for justice. Arthur & George is based on the true story of two men. One is Arthur Conan Doyle, the other is George Edalji, a solicitor from Birmingham. Their nineteenth-century lives are worlds and miles apart, until a series of shocking events brings them together. In dubious circumstances, George is found guilty of harming animals and is sentenced to seven years' penal servitudea future of ignominious obscurity. However, when Arthur, who is now one of the most famous men in the land as creator of Sherlock Holmes, hears of this racist miscarriage of justice he decides to clear George's name... Told against the backdrop of Arthur's family lifehis own passionate affair with the woman who was to become the second Lady Conan Doyle and his wife's lengthy battle with tuberculosisthis extraordinary novel is a dazzling exercise in detection.
About the Author
Julian Barnes is the author of nine novels, including Metroland, Flaubert's Parrot, A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters, England, England and Arthur and George, and two collections of short stories, Cross Channel and The Lemon Table.
Nigel Anthony has appeared many times on television in series such as "Casualty" and "Coronation Street", while on the stage he has appeared in "Sick Dictators and Ghosts" and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the RSC. However, he is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and numerous narrations.